We have reached the point in the college football calendar in which conference play will be in full swing going forward.
The first three-plus weeks of the season have featured a handful of contests that count in league standings. Some of those even have long-term ramifications – more on that below. But this final September weekend provides a full slate in most of the major conferences.
As such, this is when unexpected results might start to occur with more regularity. We therefore repeat our standard caveat that while we offer these games as the top viewing options, one should always keep an eye on the scoreboard and look in on other venues should events warrant.
With all that out of the way, here is our guide to what we think will be the best tune-in options in Week 4, a line-up featuring three Top 25 clashes and several other key conference encounters.
Saturday, noon ET, ABC
Why watch: This game matches the defending ACC Atlantic winner against Clemson. Yes, you read that correctly. The Tigers are expected to reclaim division and conference superiority, but the Demon Deacons hope to make an early statement that last year’s trip to the conference championship game was not a fluke. The path to 3-0 wasn’t smooth all the way for either team. Wake needed to stop a late two-point conversion attempt to get by Liberty last week, while the Tigers have posted impressive scoring margins but have been slow out of the gate offensively. Clemson QB D.J. Uiagalelei has done better with ball security this season but is averaging just 7.5 yards per attempt with few explosive playmakers in the huddle. Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman has plenty of weapons but might not have time to find them with pressure from the Tigers’ D-line, still the team’s biggest strength and with DT Bryan Bresee rejoining the group, bringing the heat.
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Publish date : 2022-09-23 10:18:51
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